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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is located just twelve miles east of Wilmington along the Intracoastal Waterway on what is known as the “Cape Fear Coast.” Known for its picturesque, white sand beaches and relaxed family atmosphere, Wrightsville Beach is primarily an affluent residential community with its’ roots in nearby Wilmington. For over a century, this five-mile-long island beach community has been a summer retreat for residents of Wilmington. City residents, whose families have maintained ownership of the residences for decades, own many old homes in Wrightsville Beach. You’ll find a wide range of accommodations here, along with great shopping, a variety of restaurants, and several full-service marinas offering fishing, boating, diving and water skiing opportunities. The wide, uncrowded beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, shelling or strolling. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing in Carolina Beach State Park’s 2000 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway. If you visit Wrightsville Beach in August, the Museum of History sponsors an annual “Lumina Daze,” which is a celebration of the 1930s era of Wrightsville Beach. Activities range from old-time games, barbershop singing, big bands and ballroom dancing and face painting for the kids. It’s a unique celebration that’s fun for the whole family. In November, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach captures the nautical essence of the holiday spirit of coastal North Carolina. Thousands of visitors come year after year for this daylong party that features gifts made by local artisans, all kinds of food, live music, and an evening boat parade and fireworks.

More than 45 attractions can be found in the Wrightsville Beach area, including lovely gardens, historic sites and homes, museums, movie studios, art galleries, a lively arts scene, annual festivals, year-round golf, surf and deep-sea charter fishing and more. As part of the Cape Fear Coast, which lies midway between New York and Florida, Wrightsville Beach and the other seaside villages of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, are a place of unparalleled beauty with a nautical legacy that spans centuries. Its’ rich history dates back to early settlers who named Cape Fear for its rugged coastline. The area was also very significant during the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II. Today it’s still a busy port and has become popular with the filmmaking industry. Wrightsville Beach is a lovely alternative to the crowded Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach. Offering residential family beach life at its’ best, Wrightsville Beach retains many of the small town traditions, and nearby antebellum Wilmington recalls a bygone era with its’ moss and wisteria draped oaks, shaded boulevards and historic waterfront. Wilmington is an easy drive from Wrightsville Beach and offers many more attractions and old river town character. A visit to the area, whether for a day, a week or more, is likely to become something you will want to repeat again and again.


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